We are five days into 2018 and I figured what better way to end my ‘2018 Reviewed’ series that with a look at just some of the book to movie adaptations coming out this year.
Interested to see which books are going to make me flock to the movies? Keep on reading for my thoughts and opinions.
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Ashes in the Snow (Between Shades of Gray)
Distributor: Sorrento Productions
Release Date: 2018
Starring: Bel Powley, Jonah Hauer-King, Martin Wallström, and Tom Sweet
Out of all of the adaptations slated for a 2018 release date without any further information that I am excited for, Ashes in the Snow takes the top spot. I loved Between Shades of Gray when I read it in 2015, and it continues to be one of the novels I recommend to strangers in the bookstore (yes, I am that person). My only disappointment is that very little is known about when this is being released. I scoured the internet, went through page after page of Sepetys’ twitter, and can’t find a single mention of a release date. Here’s hoping 2018 will be kind and that fans of this novel wont have to wait too long to see it on the big screen.
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, and Jason Clarke
The riveting true story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961–1969.The Review
Claire Foy certainly loves her historical portrayals. I absolutely adore her in The Crown so imagine my excitement when I found out she was going to star opposite Ryan Gosling to tell the story of Neil Armstrong. There is no trailer yet for this one, so you can bet I’ll be scouring the internet for any and all information about this movie until its release in October.
Distributor: The Fyzz Facility
Release Date: January 2018
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay, and Dominic Mafham
Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) is the most trusted lady-in-waiting to the Queen (Naomi Watts). She soon captures the attention of Prince Hamlet (George MacKay) and a forbidden love blossoms. As war brews, lust and betrayal begin to tear Elsinore Castle apart from within in this reimagining of the famed Hamlet.
I love Shakespeare retellings, they are some of my favourite movies to watch. However, I was less than impressed with the Macbeth adaptation in 2015 featuring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, so I go into this adaptation of Hamlet with a sense of unease. I’m hoping that this cast can hit a home run, because lets be honest, who doesn’t want to see a movie with daisy Ridley, Clive Owen, and Tom Felton, am I right?
Ready Player One
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance
In the year 2045, much of Earth’s population centers have become slum-like cities due to overpopulation, pollution, corruption, and climate change. To escape their desolation, people engage in the virtual reality world of the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), where they can engage in numerous activities for work, education, and entertainment.
Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is a teenager from Columbus, Ohio who frequents the OASIS and attempts to win “Anorak’s Game”, a game created by the recently-deceased creator of the OASIS, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), in search of its Easter Egg. The winner is to be granted full ownership of the OASIS and Halliday’s $240 billion fortune. While Wade works with several friends from the OASIS to discover Anorak’s treasure, the corporate giant Innovative Online Industries (IOI) employs a number of players to try to discover the treasure first and seize control of OASIS for themselves.
I mean, it couldn’t be a list of ‘Book to Movie Adaptations to Look Forward To’ without including Ready Player One. With my only apprehension being its heavy reliance on CGI, if Spielberg chooses to remain relatively faithful to the novel, this will be an adaptation for the ages.
A Wrinkle in Time
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine
After learning that her astrophysicist father Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry (Storm Reid) works with her highly intelligent younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), her classmate Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller), and three astral travelers, Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), to save him.
A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favourite books growing up. It had magic, time travel, and a battle of good versus evil, all the makings of a good book to movie adaptation. With a stellar cast, featuring the queen herself, Oprah Winfrey, the only thing that makes me apprehensive of this adaptation, much like Ready Player One, is its heavy reliance on CGI.
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And those are my picks for ‘Book to Movie Adaptations’ I’m looking forward to being released in 2018. Which book to movie adaptations have you the most excited? Leave it as a comment below!